Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wonderland {very merry} Mad Hatter Tea Party Dessert Table

We are thrilled once again to have one of our dessert tables featured on the blog of the inspiring event stylist, Amy Atlas. Click here to have a look. We are also delighted to have also been featured by Louisa on the Little Big Company's blog. Click here to view the feature.

We styled this party for Isabella, a little girl who turned one last month.

Isabella loves hats, which inspired us to create this {very merry} Mad Hatter Tea Party with a young, soft, feminine vibe. We were aware that Alice in Wonderland is a popular theme, so we focused on adding some different touches by channeling a vintage feel with a gorgeous pastel colour palette, and by focusing on the small but special details, including the stationery for the table. We loved working with blush pink, baby blue, mint green, pastel yellow, and soft violet.

As we prefer not to work too literally with a theme, we set about creating two pretty pastel vintage-Alice-style dessert and candy tables with added touches from the Alice in Wonderland story and Mad Hatter by-line.

We had a fabulous time putting these together, and we are so pleased to be able to share the details with you. We have included vendor credits throughout and at the end of the post.

As always, we loved working with our fantastic suppliers to create gorgeously coordinated sweet treats for the dessert tables. Thank you to Judy from Cakes by Judy C, Trish from Marche du Macaron, Rosie from Jocelyn's Provisions, and Lily from Sticky. We also love the delicious dessert-style cake made by Gwen from Welsh Lady. Thank you also to Samantha from Dunne with Style for the wonderful craft work we used for the backdrop, and Emma from E. V. O'Neill Photography for capturing the table and details so beautifully.

Read on for the details and photos.

The Little Birdie girls setting up the Wonderland {very merry} Mad Hatter Tea Party dessert table for Isabella

Samantha from Dunne with Style created rosette fans for us out of cardstock in colours and patterns in line with the young, feminine pastel colour palette we put together for this event. She also created a rosette fan name garland using vintage-style paper fans. We love this beautiful and eye-catching backdrop for the main table.

The setting for the table was perfect. It was on the verandah of a beautiful “Old Queenslander” home in a green Alice-in-Wonderland-esque garden against a glorious Brisbane spring-blue sky.

Mad Hatter {very merry} Mad Hatter Tea Party dessert table
Concept, design & styling - Little Birdie Events
Stationery - Little Birdie Events
Rosette fans and name garland - Dunne with Style

We designed some beautiful and delicious sweet treats with our fabulous suppliers to coordinate with the Wonderland {very merry} Mad Hatter Tea Party vibe.

We collaborated with Trish from Marche du Macaron to create some of our favourite items on the dessert table, the macarons. We wanted to use the macarons as a medium to create the famous “Eat Me”, “Try Me”, “Take One” cakes/biscuits eaten by Alice. We also wanted to create some fun “Mad Hatter” macarons with interesting flavour combinations. We imagined, and Marche du Macaron created!
Strawberry & marshmallow, blueberry & orange blossom, and lemon & white chocolate macarons by Marche du Macaron
Rose & lychee, and violet & vanilla bean macarons by Marche du Macaron
Lavender & earl grey, and salted caramel macarons by Marche du Macaron
Very un-vanilla cupcakes were, as the name suggests, not just vanilla cupcakes! They were filled with either a surprise lemon curd or strawberry crème filling, but disguised as a plain vanilla cupcake, and decorated with lovely coloured hearts.
Cupcakes - Cakes by Judy C 
Macarons - Marche du Macaron
Cupcakes - Cakes by Judy C
Slices - Jocelyn's Provisions

Petite blossom cupcakes – very pretty little New York vanilla cupcakes adorned with buttercream and sweet pastel blossoms inspired by Alice’s time in the Wonderland garden.
Petite cupcakes - Cakes by Judy C

The Queen of Hearts’ raspberry jam tarts inspired by those stolen from the Queen by the cheeky Knave of Hearts.
Raspberry jam tarts - Cakes by Judy C

Playing card biscuits decorated classic vanilla biscuits were inspired by the Queen of Hearts’ playing card guards, though in keeping with the soft, young, pastel colour palette.
Decorated classic vanilla biscuits - Cakes by Judy C

Vintage hat decorated classic vanilla biscuits were a must-have for Isabella, as she loves hats. We designed these using the image of the vintage Mad Hatter’s hat.
Decorated classic vanilla biscuits - Cakes by Judy C

Squares of blonde brownies and chocolate, caramel & pecan slice were combined to portray a chessboard, an important feature in the Alice in Wonderland theme.
Blonde brownies and chocolate, pecan & caramel slices - Jocelyn's Provisions

Meringues - Jocelyn's Provisions
Lemonade crystal swizzle sticks from were displayed in a tea set.

We created an additional candy table to be paired with the main dessert table.
Wonderland Mad Hatter Tea Party candy table.
Concept, design & styling - Little Birdie Events
Stationery - Little Birdie Events

Displayed on the candy table were…

Rose-flavoured pink and violet heart-shaped lollipops designed and created especially for the birthday girl, Isabella, by (link) Sticky.
Lollipops - Sticky

Couture couverture painted chocolate tiles with various interesting flavours.

Mini glass bottles with small floral-flavoured sweets and our own “Drink Me” labels.
Concept, design & styling - Little Birdie Events
Stationery - Little Birdie Events

Delicious smooth flowing caramel-filled mushroom-shaped chocolates.

Sweets featuring some of the enjoyed by Alice while drinking the “Drink Me” drink – cherry bon bons, custard bon bons, pineapple clouds, and toffee bon bons (for obvious reasons, we omitted the roast turkey and hot-buttered toast flavours!).
Pineapple clouds, toffee bon bons, cherry bon bons, ice cream cones, rhubarbe & costard bon bons, pink chocolate hearts

Lindt chocolate bars covered in beautiful paper with a personalised sticker, which we created to coordinate with the stationery suite we created for the tables.
Stationery - Little Birdie Events

The beautiful dessert-style cake was made by Gwen from Welsh Lady.
Dessert cake - Welsh Lady

We do enjoy creating details special to each event. For this event we designed and created the stationery using the harlequin pattern in pastel colours as the background and fonts and motives to create a pretty, feminine vintage feel.

We selected some of our favourite excerpts from Alice in Wonderland to feature on the table, including:
Concept, design & styling - Little Birdie Events
Stationery - Little Birdie Events
Raspberry jam tarts, petite cupcakes, decorated biscuits - Cakes by Judy C

Vendor Details:
Concept, design, styling, and stationery: Little Birdie Events 
Rosette fans and name garland: Dunne with Style
Cake: Welsh Lady

Less than one month after creating these tables for Isabella we were at it again putting together a fantastic Retro Train party dessert table for Gerri’s son, Archie, who turned two this week. Stay tuned!

Carole & Gerri

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